After nearly 20 years working at a tech company, Mundy Kiester was laid off and her job was moved overseas.
The largest hurdle she faced was adjusting to the lack of income – any job she found provided less than half what she made working at her previous employer.
Following her layoff, Kiester applied for Trade Adjustment Assistance through the Idaho Department of Labor. TAA is a federal program for retraining employees who were laid off because their jobs were moved overseas. The program provides training and reemployment services, job search assistance, relocation assistance and weekly monetary benefits when state unemployment benefits are exhausted.
According to a survey conducted in 2014 by the Employment and Training Administration, 77 percent of TAA participants found employment within six months. Since 2014, the program has served more than 2,210,934 workers nationally.
North Idaho College plans to use a $25,000 Idaho Department of Labor micro-grant to train 28 aviation assemblers and mechanic assistants beginning this summer.
Initially, training will be offered to high school seniors who want to work in the industry after graduation. The first of two courses will take place this July and the second in July 2017 at Sandpoint High School. Training will include a combination of online courses and classroom laboratory settings. Those who complete the assembler course in the summer following graduation will be eligible for employment.
Read more details in the full news release.
A 2013 study from the Corporation for National and Community Service found volunteers had a 27 percent better chance of finding employment than those who don’t volunteer. Many Idaho CEOs also see the connection between volunteering and future employment.
“We hire a lot of young people,” said Connie Miller, CEO of Icon Credit Union, board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and on the board development committee for Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council Inc. “More than anything, we look for the volunteer spirit.”
With that in mind, here in their own words, are several reasons why volunteering can help job seekers find work.
- Volunteering is a state of mind that shows more to employers than simply the actions you accomplish while volunteering.
Note: This article was updated on June 8, 2017.
Seasonal work trends leave many employees laid off during specific times of the year.
Understanding your work search requirements while claiming unemployment insurance benefits as a seasonal worker is important for many reasons.
While claiming unemployment benefits, it is mandatory to make two job contacts per week.
If you are job attached, which means you have been laid off or are working reduced hours and will be called back to your previous time job, you may not have to look for work.
However, there is a 16-week limit when collecting unemployment benefits when you are job attached. Claimants must have a definite return-to-time-work date within 16 weeks of their layoff or reduction in hours or they are required to make job contacts.
These job contacts, which you report when you file your weekly continued claim certification, must be specific and verifiable. Depending on the type of work search contact made, this information may include phone numbers, addresses and the name of the person contacted for the job as well as websites visited (including URL) and confirmation numbers.
If you’re on the hunt for a professional-level job, social media is an important tool. While each social platform serves its own purpose, LinkedIn has become the ultimate online resume, and is, in many cases, a must have to get the job. According to a 2015 Jobvite survey, 92 percent of all recruiters are on LinkedIn. While this means employers are searching for you, it’s a two way street.
Here are 10 tips to leverage LinkedIn for your job search and career advancement success:
- Use a Professional Photo. Your profile picture should not be a selfie and should be professional. Ideally, it should be a headshot and should not include other people or objects. Be sure the photo is sized correctly, recognizable, shows your face and is in focus.
- Your Headline Should be Informative. Your LinkedIn headline should include your industry, skills and location. Remember, this headline shows up in Google search results, so make sure it’s strong and includes keywords that tell a recruiter why they should hire you.
Bailie Welton works with cattle at All West/Select Squires in Washington
Bailie Welton always knew she wanted to work with animals. Upon entering the University of Idaho’s Animal Veterinary Science program, she realized she had a significant hurdle to overcome because she lacked any prior experience with animal agriculture.
Bailie’s inexperience wasn’t her only challenge. At the age of 9, she was diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration, leaving her legally blind.
“Every individual has their own challenges they must face in life,” Bailie said. “What sets people apart are those that find positive ways to overcome these challenges.”
Students entering the job market have a 27 percent higher chance of being hired if they have volunteer experience. Volunteering teaches valuable job skills, improves social networks, provides real world experience and demonstrates an individual’s ability to work in teams. Below are a few examples of Idahoans who turned volunteering into a career.
Elizabeth Corsentino was a Boise State University student who volunteered at Radio Boise because of her love for music. Through networking at her position, she met the Treefort festival director who hired her to be part of the original founding group for the annual music festival.
“Volunteering is the best way to develop skills and network in the field you’re passionate about,” Corsentino said.
Corsentino now organizes and manages the volunteers for Treefort and is the volunteer coordinator for Radio Boise.